Rhonda LaValdo in Native Education. Discussion »
LAWRENCE, KANSAS As another Fall semester gets underway, one tribal faculty instructor is traveling over a thousand miles to teach at an Ivy league school.
Dr. Dan Wildcat, professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas will be teaching his Native Western Views of Nature class to students at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee(Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.
“I will be presenting the same material I present at Haskell and we will see, are they up for it, is this something they can appreciate, and wrap their mind around, because there are very different world views indigenous people hold.”
Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Venida Chenault says Wildcat's opportunity is positive for all tribal faculty across the country.
“I think certainly it has the potential for other tribal college faculty to serve in those roles and demonstrates the caliber of our faculty,”
commented Dr. Chenault.
Haskell students are happy for their instructor as Haskell senior Josh Munson states::
“It's awesome for us, I view him as an advocate for all of us, as a whole, he is someone who can speak for us, someone we have confidence in, he is a great professor his perspective, how he teaches, how he views Native country as a whole, it's pretty cool how he teaches it, he is very passionate.”
Wildcat will be the Gordon Russell visiting professor at Dartmouth starting in September through the end of November. The school brings in a Native American scholar each year through its Native American Studies Department.
posted August 23, 2013 10:20 am edt